By Daniel Hunter

The Mayor Boris Johnson and top entrepreneur and star of TV’s Dragons’ Den Deborah Meaden are calling on London’s students to come up with innovative new business ideas to cut future carbon emissions and enhance the capital’s green economy.

With the chance to become the Low Carbon Entrepreneur of 2014, and win £20,000 to help make their idea a reality, this year’s shortlist will be invited to give ‘Dragons’ Den’ style pitches to a panel led by dragon Deborah Meaden at City Hall. Students will also be competing for up to six paid internships with leading engineering firm Siemens, sponsors of the competition.

London is at the centre of green technologies with a growing low carbon and environmental goods and services sector worth more than £25bn to the economy. Now in its third year, the Low Carbon Entrepreneur 2014 competition is open to students at Further and Higher Education institutes across the capital and forms part of the Mayor's commitment to achieve a 60 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2025.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "London’s burgeoning green economy is full of potential and I want to encourage every bright young mind to consider what they can add. Somewhere out there is the next big idea that could transform the way we live and work while helping reduce our carbon emissions and encouraging huge investment and growth in the capital."

Leading entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den investor, Deborah Meaden, said: “I am incredibly excited to be involved in this prize and now seeking out the student Low Carbon Entrepreneur of 2014. It’s a delight to help mould the wonderful new ideas being dreamt up by the bright sparks of the future. Reducing carbon emissions is absolutely vital both for future societies and the protection of our environment. So I want to invite all of London’s students to get their thinking caps on and think about the tomorrow they want to be part of.”

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